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Satchmo
     

Satchmo

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by Louis Armstrong
 

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”In all my whole career the Brick House was one of the toughest joints I ever played in. It was the honky-tonk where levee workers would congregate every Saturday night and trade with the gals who'd stroll up and down the floor and the bar. Those guys would drink and fight one another like circle saws. Bottles would come flying over the bandstand like

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”In all my whole career the Brick House was one of the toughest joints I ever played in. It was the honky-tonk where levee workers would congregate every Saturday night and trade with the gals who'd stroll up and down the floor and the bar. Those guys would drink and fight one another like circle saws. Bottles would come flying over the bandstand like crazy, and there was lots of just plain common shooting and cutting. But somehow all that jive didn't faze me at all, I was so happy to have some place to blow my horn.” So says Louis Armstrong, a tough kid who just happened to be a musical genius, about one of the places where he performed and grew up. This raucous, rich tale of his early days in New Orleans concludes with his departure to Chicago at twenty-one to play with his boyhood idol King Oliver, and tells the story of a life that began, mythically, on July 4, 1900, in the city that sowed the seeds of jazz.

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New Orleans Times-Picayune, 8/3/14
“Among the most distinguished writers on jazz and American music, Giddens has a knack for weaving musical analysis and biographical detail.”

Paste Magazine, “The 20 Best Memoirs Written by Musicians,” 1/2/15
“An exuberant first-hand account of New Orleans at the turn of the 20th century, before [Louis Armstrong] and others like him brought jazz a worldwide audience.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306802768
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
08/01/1986
Series:
Da Capo Paperback Series
Pages:
252
Sales rank:
535,021
Product dimensions:
0.57(w) x 5.50(h) x 8.50(d)

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Satchmo 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
BigEasyBookreader More than 1 year ago
This autobiography by Louis Armstrong covers his young years, growing up in New Orleans, until the age of about 20 when he left for Chicago. Armstrong was an educated and literate man, who toured with a typewriter and wrote letters, notes, etc., all his adult life. This autobiography is his writing; it is not ghost written. What comes across is a sweet and generous personality. Although he makes critical remarks about certain characters, his comments about family and fellow musicians are unfailingly kindly, positive, and generous. His upbringing was in neighborhoods that were rough, to say the least, surrounded as he was by bars, brothels, prostitutes, pimps, thugs, gamblers, etc. Probably his mother and certainly his first wife had worked as prostitutes. His talent and his optimistic personality saw him through all of this chaos. He recognizes racism but is not embittered by it. Armstrong was a rather remarkable man. (BTW, references to age are a little "off" since Armstrong always believed he was born on July 4, 1900, whereas modern research pegs his birth at a year or more later.) This was a quite enjoyable read, and an insight into a joyous personality.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago